Former NZ V8s champion Kayne Scott says the Mark Petch Motorsport team managed to outsmart itself on set-up in the Fujitsu Ford Falcon at Pukekohe last weekend
Scott had gone to the ultra-fast track south of Auckland confident of being right on the pace, but found he was more than a little way away. Nonetheless he finished third overall and is second on series points behind John McIntyre.
“We were so fast before we came here this weekend,” Scott said, referring to times he’d set during testing at Pukekohe, his nominated test track.
“But we pushed on with another theory and it was a lemon.”
Still he won the reverse grid race after working his way through from mid-pack and passing first early leader Mark Porter for second place and then Craig Baird for the lead.
“I don’t know that we had the fastest car in that race,” he says, but the weekend had “clearly shown where our weaknesses are. Now we’re going to tracks where they’ll manifest themselves a little more.”
Scott says if the team can unlock the car’s potential they’ll be right there. “But getting lots out of the car is proving difficult. We need to stop fiddling with the car. I think that we had a great car when we left Taupo (the series’ first round).
“Then we came here during testing and developed a rainbow theory. We thought there was a pot of gold but it was a lemon. We backed ourselves down an alley.”